v. move something about by making rapid movements back and forth with the hands or paws; to scrape or scratch powerfully with hands or claws
Authorities are now scrabbling to piece together where he went and who he encountered, in a bid to halt the spread of the deadly virus.
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In it she kept her papers, and a few books, safely shut away from Scrabble, who, being likewise of a literary turn, was fond of making a circulating library of such books as were left in his way by eating the leaves.
Little Women By Louisa May Alcott Context
We struck for the stern of the texas, and found it, and then scrabbled along forwards on the skylight, hanging on from shutter to shutter, for the edge of the skylight was in the water.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain Context